The Angelina College Roadrunners closed out the non-conference portion of their schedule Monday with a sweep of Cedar Valley, eclipsing the Suns by scores of 12-3 and 12-0 at Roadrunner Field in Lufkin.
AC's Todd Wallace led a ‘Runner offense that hammered out 24 runs and 27 hits. In the two games, the Beaumont Westbrook freshman finished with seven hits in nine at-bats, driving in five runs and scoring three. Winning pitchers were J.P. Clifton – the former Lufkin Panther – and Lance Wheeler, with each picking up his first career collegiate win. In addition, Jordan Fuller made an entry into the AC record books with the first-ever Roadrunner grand slam at the new park, blasting the four-RBI shot over the right-field wall in the fourth inning.
Clifton started the opener, allowing five hits over six innings and finishing with four strikeouts. Clifton pitched 1-2-3 innings in the first, second and fourth; his only mistake of the day was the first pitch he threw Cedar Valley's Greg Govea in the third, with Govea driving a three-run homer over the left-field wall to cut AC's lead to 5-3.
Any worries over that pitch dissolved in AC's half of the inning, with the Roadrunners scoring seven runs, including Wallace's RBI single and Fuller's big blast.
Kendall Thamm struck out the side in the seventh to close out the 12-3 win.
In the nightcap, Chris Jones drove in three runs, and Wallace and Ryan Gunhouse drove in two each to lead the offensive attack to a 12-0 win. Kenny Allison and Scott Johnston also added RBIs, and the ‘Runners pounded four Cedar Valley pitchers for 13 hits.
Wheeler, a freshman from Channelview, struck out six Suns in four innings of work. The righty gave up just three singles and walked one batter before giving way to the bullpen. Lufkin's John Tatum and Zach Marberry each tossed scoreless innings, as did Nick Wright.
The Roadrunners (12-14), will open conference play at home on Wednesday, with the Paris Dragons coming in for the doubleheader. Game 1, scheduled for seven innings, will start at 1 p.m., with the nightcap – a nine-inning game – following approximately 30 minutes later.
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